“As painful as it is for some Jets fans, I see some progress,” Gruden said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters.
The embattled Jets quarterback’s problems have never really been about what hangs off his right shoulder, but what sits between his ears.
Geno Smith is making a pitch for a much-improved third NFL season.
Coach Todd Bowles didn’t specify whether the Jets want to add a quarterback from the draft or free agency, but the team holds the No. 6 pick — and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota could be available.
A two-time Pro Bowler and former NFL passing yards leader, the Virginia product appeared in 11 games in 2014 but attempted just 10 passes.
Todd Bowles was asked about the uncertainty surrounding the Jets quarterback position and the rookie head coach didn’t exactly give third-year signal caller Geno Smith a ringing endorsement.
The Jets are not going to reach for anyone with their first pick in the draft. As far as they are concerned, who they end up choosing will be about talent, not about need.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, acquired from Houston for a conditional seventh-round draft pick last week, is expected to be fully healthy by training camp and compete with Geno Smith for the quarterback job.
Geno Smith is going to have himself some competition this summer.
But essentials like karma and character are incidental to the Jets. Which is why they are, well, the Jets — perennial punch lines in the throes of a 46-year title drought.
The Jets are in the market — again — for a quarterback to challenge Geno Smith for the No. 1 job. But … who?
Has Rex Ryan beaten the Jets to the punch? It appears that the Buffalo Bills are negotiating to sign veteran free agent Josh McCown to address their long-standing needs at quarterback.
A lot will happen before Roger Goodell starts the draft clock April 30. But this much is clear: short of a trade for a veteran quarterback, the Jets will have to put up with Geno for at least part of 2015.
“I think I would say, simply, every quarterback out there we’d have an interest in,” Maccagnan said at the NFL scouting combine on Wednesday.
New Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has said he’ll be aggressive in free agency this offseason. Eric Decker believes he knows the perfect place to start.